1. Band of brothers
5. Breakfast rises
The buzz around all-day breakfast—and increasingly consumers' tendency to grab a second bite in the morning as a snack—may be giving a jolt to momentum of breakfast-focused chains. The morning mix in the Future 50 includes breakfast-and-lunch-only spots (Snooze and Keke's) as well as bakery-cafes such as Caffebene and 85C.
6. Big chain vets' pet projects
Experience may be propelling some of these growth chains. Piada came from Bravo Brio founder Chris Doody; Bubba's 33 was launched by Texas Roadhouse founder Kent Taylor. Paul Fleming, creator of P.F. Chang's and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, opened Paul Martin's American Grill. And the minds behind Eddie V's and Wildfish (now Darden-owned) launched Hopdoddy.
Some of the more senior members of the team smile at the junior staff who are excited to uncover an interesting trend in “eatertainment” or the latest single-ingredient concept. We try not to be condescending when we suggest they do some research by looking at past issues of Restaurant Business or old Technomic top chain reports before calling it the next big thing.